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Feb 20, 2017

Danny Ku Given 23 Years for Manslaughter of Wife; Could Be Out In 18 Months

Danny Ku

Freedom is closer than ever for thirty-seven-year old Danny Ku, despite a twenty-three-year prison sentence handed down by Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin this afternoon. That’s because he has been in prison for the past ten years.  Ku was on remand on charges of murder in connection with the death of his wife, nurse Anna Marie Magdalena Vasco, in 2006, and has been in good behaviour for much of that time. Ku pleaded guilty to manslaughter last week after admitting he slashed her throat and stabbed her as many as thirty-two times with a screwdriver. But he claimed that she provoked him by telling him during an intimate session that a new lover was better in bed than he was. The father of two attempted to flee after the murder, but later turned himself in to Orange Walk Police. After mitigation pleas by his brother Freddy, Ku himself told the Chief Justice of his remorse and getting a job behind prison walls. Ironically, he is now working as a nurse in the Prison’s medical ward and now appreciates the kind of work she did and what kind of woman she was. Attorney Bryan Neal told reporters he thought the sentence was appropriate.


Bryan Neal

Bryan Neal, Attorney for Danny Ku

“Two years was deducted from the sentence for the fact that he went straight away to the Police; also for the fact that he did not waste the Court’s time and pleaded guilty. But the Court as it did, was entitled to do to facts in consideration; it was very difficult to argue around his facts, and the Chief Justice felt that because of the brutality of [what was done] to Miss Vasco this was the appropriate sentence to give to Mister Ku.”



“So we’re looking at how much years deducted total.”


Bryan Neal

“Two years was deducted so he was sentenced to twenty-three years in prison.”



“And we’re also looking at the remand time…”


Bryan Neal

“That will definitely be deducted. And then they have some system over at the Prison, so they will calculate the remainder of the time; from my calculations it should be and I addressed it in court, it should be about eighteen more months that he serves in prison and then he should…that will be left up to the prison officials, based on the calculations they have made.”

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